Indiana Day Care Director Convicted After Giving Children Melatonin
A former Indiana daycare director was sentenced for giving melatonin to children without parental consent.
Tonya Rachelle Voris I got 730 days in jail, but only 180 will be behind bars. The remaining 550 will be tested. The judge suspended two more days already after her initial arrest.
In January 2023, Voris pleaded guilty to 17 charges related to the misuse of the gummies. According to PEOPLE, 11 charges were for neglect of a dependent, and the other six were for careless supervision by childcare providers.
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Police began investigating Voris last year when she was working at the Kidz Life Childcare Ministry at New Life Church. They had received a report of child neglect. It seems that the former director had told her staff to give melatonin to help the children sleep. Note that the 54-year-old woman did not tell or was not informed about her lil technique.
As part of her sentence, Voris must pay $189 in court costs and other filing fees before her probation ends. She has also banned contact with the victims.
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In their investigation, authorities found that Voris had obtained permission from one parent to give one child melatonin during nap time. The child had “pediatric strength gummies,” according to PEOPLE.
Instead, the former daycare director had her staff “give out melatonin gummies to a bunch of kids. ” Over time, 17 children ingested the gummies without their parent’s knowledge at various times.
According to Hancock County Prosecutor Brent Eaton, Voris and her husband received protection when they were approached about child abuse. Parents, at the time, said their children were acting “out of character”. Some of the symptoms shared by investigators included increased restlessness, headaches, and bedwetting.
Eaton admitted in court that studies have not proven that melatonin is “necessarily harmful.”
Prosecutor Eaton emphasized that a child care provider should not “give medication or supplements to a child without the express consent of a parent or guardian.
Read the prosecutor’s statement below.
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